Review: House of Gucci

The Black Widow: A Scorned Woman

Exploring Patrizia’s life in the world of Gucci showcases the endeavours women face in a man’s world. We see how a powerful woman like Patrizia is, who bears leadership traits, is overshadowed by her husband. The saying goes, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” This best summarises Patrizia as a wife and the force behind Mauricio Gucci’s success. She is portrayed as a forceful and commanding woman, which juxtaposes Mauricio’s timid and awkward demeanour. Arguably it’s her assertiveness, boldness and tenacity are what pushes Mauricio to lead Gucci and gain control over their family business. The film exemplifies how a boss lady like Patrizia can be vilified. She was rarely praised for her efforts. Her own father-in-law commended her husband for the birth of her daughter and in spite of her best efforts of keeping her family and life together, her husband’s rejection gave her no choice but to give into the dark side. Despite having good intentions for her family and their business, she is perceived as calculated and manipulative.

The Actors

Whether the film is accurate in the depiction of the Gucci family’s darkest moments in on the table, especially with the real family’s negative reaction towards Ridley’s film. They felt offended that the film as well as the actors have falsely portrayed their empire as chauvinistic when in fact they claimed to be inclusive. Despite their criticism towards the film, there are some merits in Ridley’s reenactment of one of fashion’s darkest moments.

Costume Design

In a movie about fashion, it is hard to ignore the costumes that have taken the spotlight themselves. From the luxe red dress Patrizia wore during the party where she met Mauricio to the ski chic outfits and the sophisticated suits, costume designer Janty Yates did a phenomenal job. According to Elle, she utilised pieces, in addition from the Gucci Archive and even Gaga’s personal collection to put together the glamorous outfits you see in the film. We’re hoping that she will receive an Oscar nomination for the costuming!



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